The 1st International Conference on Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) and Mental Health is held in Toronto May 23 – May 25, 2008.

This conference will focus on Native American Healing, Nursing Therapies, Nutrition, Energy Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapeutic approaches, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Spirituality, Safety and Legal Issues.

Michael H. Cohen will speak on Legal and Ethical Issues in Integrative Mental Health Care. Other speakers will discuss topics such as: Spirituality and Mental Health, Native American Healing and Mental Health, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Mental Health: A Nursing Perspective.

Past conferences included Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) & Mental Health 2007. The mission statement of the organizing group is to:

Provide educational opportunities to health care professionals and others with an interest in integrative, complementary, allopathic and alternative medicine (ICAAM).

Provide services to health care professionals in the field of integrative, complementary, allopathic and alternative medicine to assist them in giving quality care to their patients and clients.

To assist the community in developing a better understanding of the benefits and limitations of integrative, complementary, allopathic and alternative medicine.

To provide research opportunities in the area of ICAAM.

The Advisory Board includes:
Reverend Dr. Shane Andrus

Dr. Steven Aung, M.D., OMD, Ph. D., FAAFP

Dr. Jean Antoine Boodhoo, BSc (Hons), MBBS (UK), MRC Psych (UK), T Psych

Dr. Alison Drought, ND

Dr. Ivan Filanti, MD CCFP

Dr. Scott Gerson, MD M Phil (Ayu) PhD (Ayu)

Professor James Gordon, MD

Valerie Hadwen

Dr. Janette Hurley, MD

Dr. James Lake, MD

Dr. Vikesh Maraj, MD

Dr. Rama Mishra, PhD

Dr. Michael Nowazek, BSc ND

Dr. Badri Rickhi, MB BS FRCP(C)

Dr. Christopher Sowton, ND

It was the heroic and forward-thinking Dr. James Lake who brought the conference to my attention. Dr. Lake has been pioneering CAM and mental health for many years, with the Textbook of Integrative Mental Health and other books, book chapters and numerous articles to his credit, plus clinical experience at Stanford University School of Medicine’s complementary medicine clinic. Our professional association and friendship goes back to 1998 when he first wrote to me about CAM and mental health, and the accompanying legal and ethical issues. Here is his bio:

Dr. Lake is a Board certified psychiatrist and has lectured at national and international symposia on non-conventional and integrative mental health care. After completing residency training at Stanford he was an attending physician at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine where he helped establish integrative mental health services. Long-standing interests include the role of culture in mental illness, and philosophical issues in medicine and integrative medicine, and intention in healing. Dr. Lake is a student of herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, qigong, EEG biofeedback. He is in private practice in Monterey, California and continues to serve on adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford. Dr. Lake co-chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care.
Dr. Lake has published articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and book chapters on integrative medicine and psychiatry. He contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times, and serves on the review boards of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and the Journal of the Association for Advances in Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. Dr. Lake is the author or editor of three textbooks on non-conventional mental health care: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007.

Dr. Lake also pioneered an interest group or caucus within the American Psychiatric Association on complementary and alternative medicine treatments in mental health care. He will speak at the conference on “Integrating Complementary, Alternative and Traditional Approaches – Methodology” and other topics, and will moderate sessions. Look to the 1st International Conference on Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) and Mental Health for some breakthrough insights into the world of CAM (integrative medicine) and psychiatry, psychology, counseling, and the other mental health care discipines.



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Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of The Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, a nonprofit organization exploring legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, massage therapy, energy healing, and herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. Michael H. Cohen is author of books on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy dealing with complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, including Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).


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